Protect assets from grabbers, PS tells counties

Devolution PS Micah Powon. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Devolution PS Micah Powon. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

All the 47 counties have been told to speed up the registration of fixed assets to protect them from potential grabbers.

Devolution Principal Secretary Micah Powon said Wednesday that most of the property belonging to the counties have not been registered since 2013, putting them at risk of falling into private hands.

“We need to safeguard these public assets because they may be grabbed,” said Mr Powon.

The PS was speaking at a workshop convened by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for technical officers in charge of declaration of income, assets and liabilities of county employees at Egerton University’s Njoro campus.

About 60 technical officers are attending the two-day workshop.

Mr Powon took issue with 23 counties which failed to send representatives to the workshop and challenged the EACC to investigate them.

“I did not expect any county to miss out in such a crucial forum aimed at helping our country overcome this monster called corruption that is threatening to bring our country to its knees,” said Mr Powon.

“These counties need to explain why they failed to send  representatives in such a meeting because if a PS and EACC commissioners can attend why are counties failing to send representatives?” he asked.

Devolution will only benefit ordinary folk when graft is tamed, the PS said.